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    Geopolitics of Transnational TV: a portfolio of written and audiovisual essay work about contemporary TV drama crossing borders

    McCabe, Janet Geopolitics of Transnational TV: a portfolio of written and audiovisual essay work about contemporary TV drama crossing borders. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    This portfolio includes a range of different outputs related to my research into transnational TV studies from 2015-2020. As editor-in-chief of Critical Studies in Television I have edited the debate on transnational TV, starting with a conference I co-ran in 2006 and editing the first papers in CST, 2 (2) ( Only with the edited collection on Yo soy Betty la fea/Ugly Betty (2013) I started writing up my research into the topic, which led me to focus on original script TV drama originating from northern Europe. My research aims to introduce questions of gender and the geopolitics of culture, to rethink global patterns of representational forms in original scripted TV formats in circulation, as well as the audio-visual as a form of practice-as research within transnational TV studies. 1: Disconnected Heroines, Global Femininities project. One strand is my interest in representational politics and contemporary television forms from a trans-disciplinary, transnational feminist perspective. It starts with a chapter from 2015, which offer some initial critical and theoretical coordinates to understanding the gender politics in Scandinavian TV noir. It addressed different kinds of female experience, identity and agency thrown into distinct ideological and institutional relief at a border. • McCabe, J. Disconnected Heroines, Icy Intelligence: Reframing feminism(s) and feminist identities at the borders involving the isolated female TV detective in Scandinavian-Noir. In: Feminisms: Diversity, Difference and Multiplicity in Contemporary Film Culture, edited by Laura Mulvey and Anna Backman Rogers, Amsterdam University Press, 2015, pp.29-43. The chapter directly inspired a special issue, called Broken Bodies/Inquiring Minds: Women in Contemporary Transnational TV Crime Drama, in Television and New Media,, and furthermore I started working with colleagues at Aarhus University, in relation to their 5-year project, What Makes Danish TV Series Travel? (, involving workshops, conferences and symposia. As I developed my thinking on questions of gender and why in particular certain representational forms travelled more widely than others, I started writing book on the geopolitics of TV women being in the world—as representational characters, material images and textual traces, as actresses, creatives and producers, as a discourse of television culture, both local and across broadcasting territories. As a way to present such thinking differently I collaborated with Prof. Catherine Grant on an audio-visual essay with a written component. This work is not only about producing new knowledge about representations in the world, but also offers a new methodological approach for studying texts living between geopolitical social worlds and across different national broadcasting territories. • McCabe, J. Bodies at the Border: Notes on transnational co-produced TV drama and its gender politics in the pilots of Bron/Broen and adaptations, The Bridge and The Tunnel. NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, Spring 2019: https: //, with audio-visual essay made with Catherine Grant. Another collaborative project involves Dr. Susanne Eichner, which looks at what happens to women’s careers in the transnational context. Based on a series of interviews with women who worked on Bron/Broen, this co-written journal article focuses on women’s careers made in transnational circulation and identifies how ideas about women and feminism circulate along trading routes. It has been accepted for a special issue of Feminist Media Studies. • Susanne Eichner and Janet McCabe, What Saga Did Next in Bridging the World: women’s careers in transnational circulation, a case study of Bron/Broen. Gender and Transnational Media: special issue of Feminist Media Studies (forthcoming 2020). 2: Legitimacy, PSB and transnational TV culture. The second cluster which has developed from the above research into gender is the role of public service television culture in producing original scripted format drama for global circulation. This work looks at how legitimacy for these dramas from northern Europe has been made within a context of transnationalism involving a cross border economic of symbolic capital and of different cultural power relations across the globe. • McCabe, J. Why the World Fell for Borgen: Legitimizing (trans)national public service broadcasting culture in the age of globalisation. In: Danish Television Drama: Global lessons from a small nation (Palgrave European Film and Media Studies), edited by Eva Novrup Redvall, Pia Majbritt Jensen and Anne Marit Waade. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, early 2020. • McCabe, J. Appreciating Wallander at the BBC: Producing culture and performing the glocal in the UK and Swedish Wallanders for British public service television. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 29, 5, 2015, 755-768; reprinted in Transnational Television Remakes, Claire Perkins and Constantine Verevis, eds, Routledge, 2016: pp. 79-92. • McCabe, J. Bodies of Evidence: European crime series, BBC Four and translating (global) (in) justice into (national) public television culture. In: Contemporary British Television Crime Drama, edited by Ruth McElroy, Routledge, 2017, pp. 154-168.


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